Photo by Matt Kalasky
Philadelphia, PA – The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design, 20th Street and The Parkway, are pleased to present The Art Crush Audio Tour Project – a community generated audio guide to the 2016 Faculty Triennial exhibition featuring audio recordings by students from around Philadelphia. Visitors to The Galleries will be able to access the audio tour free of charge via their smart devices starting October 14 through the end of the exhibition on December 10, 2016.
Earlier this fall, student groups were invited to participate in writing workshops at The Galleries. Through exercises that encouraged a wide range of unexpected responses, participants generated a personal vocabulary for the art on display, for example, draw this painting as a super hero or make up a dance move for this sculpture. The workshops culminated with participants writing and recording a personal “love letter” to a specific piece of art. The Art Crush Audio Tour is a compilation of these individual recordings. You can hear examples at http://spts.us/moore/artcrush#.
Participants include students from the U School High School, the String Theory Charter School, Julia R. Masterman High School and Moore College of Art & Design, and members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple University.
This project was organized by Matt Kalasky, Education & Community Engagement Coordinator for The Galleries at Moore.
"The authority usually lies in an expert at the museum or the gallery, so the audio responses are to place that authority back into the art viewers,” Kalasky said.
Simone Cuthbert, a sophomore at the U School, recorded her impressions of Chad States’ art piece I Feel Love – a glittering, spinning disk in a darkened room – as part of the project.
"Hearing how I feel about it, they might want to look at it through a different light," she said.
The project will culminate with a live walking tour of Altered States featuring “love letter” readings by participants in the project will be held on Thursday, December 1, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in the Widener Gallery.